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Located on the tranquil San Vio canal in the characteristic Dorsoduro district, Hotel American could easily become my favorite place to stay in Venice.  With easy access to the local charms of this quaint neighborhood of galleries, trattorie, wine bars and artisan shops, it was a pleasure to be a temporary resident in this 18th century palazzo, built by a rich Venetian merchant.  In 1925, it was refurbished to become the Pensione Dinesen and in 1970  it took the name “Hotel American.”  The classic interior and the hospitality, however,  are pure Venetian.


Within walking distance of the Accademia and Peggy Gugghenheim galleries, Hotel American offers both beauty and comfort in its accommodations; the staff is attentive, the breakfast plentiful and the extras – free Internet service and boat transfers to Murano glass factories – are a nice touch.


January 2006

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Hotel American Dinesen

Fondamenta Bragadin, 628, 30123 Venezia, Italy

Hotel American Dinesen ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson

This hotel is featured in my travel story: One Fine Day in Venice